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Okanagan Nation Declaration
We, the Okanagan Nation make this declaration today as a sign for every generation to come, Therefore we herby declare that:
We are the unconquered aboriginal peoples of this land our mother; The creator has given us our mother, to enjoy, to manage and to protect; We the first inhabitants, have lived with our mother from time immemorial; Our Okanagan Governments have allowed us to share equally in the resources of our mother; We have never given up our rights to our mother, our mother's resources, our governments, our religion; We will survive and continue to govern our mother and her resources for the good of all for all time.

ONA_Who We Are

Since time immemorial, the history of the Okanagan began, long before the arrival of the Europeans. We are the Syilx-speaking people – the original inhabitants of a vast and beautiful territory that encompasses forests, grasslands, lakes and desert. For thousands of years, the Okanagan people were self-reliant and well provided for through their own ingenuity and use of the land and nature. We lived united as a nation with a whole economy, travelling the breadth and depth of our territory, hunting and fishing, growing and harvesting, crafting and trading to meet our needs.



  • Okanagan Chiefs Respond to TRC historic tabling of Report

    June 3, 2015

    The Okanagan Nation Chiefs Executive Council acknowledges and honors the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for their long, grueling work of listening to the compelling stories of the Residential School survivors. We sincerely hope that moving forward,

  • 200 Participants Gather at UBC Okanagan for Cultural Safety Symposium

    May 27, 2015

    West Kelowna, British Columbia, Okanagan Nation Territory: Tomorrow, May 28th 2015, at the University of British Columbia over 200 health care providers and First Nation community members will gather to participate in a Cultural Safety Symposium.


  • MEDIA RELEASE Sockeye Fry Release



    On May 20th, 2015, members of the Okanagan Nation and surrounding schools will come together to partake in a ceremony, so the Kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓  will continue to take place, and the sockeye will always return…